Ford Explorer: Engine - 2.3L EcoBoost (201kW/273PS) / Removal and Installation - Crankshaft Rear Seal

Ford Explorer 2020-2024 Service Manual / Powertrain / Engine / Engine - 2.3L EcoBoost (201kW/273PS) / Removal and Installation - Crankshaft Rear Seal

Special Tool(s) / General Equipment

303-328 (T88P-6701-B1)
Replacer, Rear Seal
TKIT-1988-FLM
TKIT-1988-F
TKIT-1988-LM
Oil Drain Equipment

Materials

Name Specification
Motorcraft® High Performance Engine RTV Silicone
TA-357
WSE-M4G323-A6
 

Removal

  1. Remove the flexplate.
    Refer to: Flexplate (303-01A Engine - 2.3L EcoBoost (201kW/273PS), Removal and Installation).
    • Remove the bolts and the crankshaft rear seal.
    • Discard the crankshaft rear seal.
  1. Clean and prepare the RTV sealing surface.
    Refer to: RTV Sealing Surface Cleaning and Preparation (303-00 Engine System - General Information, General Procedures).

Installation

  1. NOTE: If the crankshaft rear seal is not secured within 10 minutes of sealant application, the sealant must be removed and the sealing area cleaned. Failure to follow this procedure can cause future oil leakage.

    Apply a 4 mm (0.157 in) bead of silicone to the oil pan surface and a 5 mm (0.196 in) bead at the T-joints.
    Material: Motorcraft® High Performance Engine RTV Silicone / TA-357 (WSE-M4G323-A6)
    1. Install the crankshaft rear main oil seal installer.
      Use Special Service Tool: 303-328 (T88P-6701-B1)  Replacer, Rear Seal.
    1. Install the crankshaft rear seal retainer at an angle above the oil pan flange to avoid scraping off the sealer.
    1. Tilt the seal retainer up and onto the rear of the cylinder block.
  1. Using the special tool, seat the crankshaft rear seal.
    Use Special Service Tool: 303-328 (T88P-6701-B1)  Replacer, Rear Seal.
  1. Install the bolts and tighten in sequence shown.
    Remove Special Service Tool: 303-328 (T88P-6701-B1)  Replacer, Rear Seal.
    Torque: 97 lb.in (11 Nm)
    • Remove the oil pan drain bolt and drain the engine oil.
      Use the General Equipment: Oil Drain Equipment
    • Install the oil pan drain bolt.
      Torque: 20 lb.ft (27 Nm)
  1. Remove and discard the engine oil filter.
    Use the General Equipment: Oil Drain Equipment
  1. Lubricate the oil filter seal with clean engine oil and install.
    Torque:
      Stage 1:  71 lb.in (8 Nm)
      Stage 2:  180°
  1. Install the flexplate.
    Refer to: Flexplate (303-01A Engine - 2.3L EcoBoost (201kW/273PS), Removal and Installation).
  1. Fill the engine with clean engine oil.
    Refer to: Specifications (303-01A Engine - 2.3L EcoBoost (201kW/273PS), Specifications).

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